R.I.P. Pete Seeger

“To everything (turn, turn, turn)

There is a season (turn, turn, turn)

And a time for every purpose under heaven…”


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pete-seeger-2aFolk singer Pete Seeger has passed away at the age of 94. The singer-songwriter and political activist was a friend of Woody Guthrie, a member of The Weavers and the writer of songs such as Where Have All The Flowers Gone, If I Had A Hammer and Turn, Turn, Turn.

Click here for more details about Pete Seeger.

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The Fruitsmelling Shop

I’m taking part in a musical challenge elsewhere to write a song based on a scene or a character from a book of my own choice.  I have a couple of ideas, but the one I really wanted to do has been done already, and beautifully.  It’s a musical setting by the band Scullion of a passage from James Joyce‘s Ulysses.  The character Blazes Boylan pops into a shop to buy some pears for Molly Bloom, flirts with the girl who’s making up his order, and gives her a flower.  It’s part of the Wandering Rocks chapter.  It’s gorgeous, and so is the musical interpretation by Sonny Condell, Philip King, Greg Boland and Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, linked above.

Nicely done… I guess it’s back to the drawing board… 🙂

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Lee Hazelwood & the Wrecking Crew

No tag exists yet for “awesome studiosity”. I think I’ll invent one now, if no one minds.

Seriously. This fine clip is worth checking out, listening to, and learning from.

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Advertisements from the 1983 Dublin Theatre Festival Guide

Come Here To Me!

Advertisements from various restaurants around the city included in the guide for the 1983 Dublin Theatre Festival.

Front cover showing a member of the Henan Acrobatic Troupe in their show ‘Barrell Game’:

Solomon Grundy’s at 21 Suffolk Street opened in 1978 and closed in 1986. It offered middle-of-the-range American food fare like burgers and pizza. The premises later hosted Nude and now Tolteca (Mexican style grill).

Blazes at 11/12 Lower Exchange Street in Temple Bar was a late night wine bar and restaurant. It opened (I think) in the early 1980s and closed in 1993. The building was demolished and the site today remains empty.

18th Precinct at 18 Suffolk Street opened its doors in 1981 and closed in 1993. The building now hosts an Pacinos and their website notes that the restaurant:

…was developed and launched by then owner Sylvester Costello. Syl as he was better known planned and…

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15 Signs You Come From A Dysfunctional Family

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1. It’s been years since your parents slept in the same bed.

2. Family vacations were rarely enjoyable and always full of fighting. In fact, some of the worst fights your family ever had were during vacation.

3. You’ve said something, or multiple things, to someone in your family and in retrospect, you’re ashamed of how hurtful they were. You regret that you’ll never be able to fully take them back.

4. When people tell you that you’re like your mom or dad, you get upset and hope that it isn’t true. In many ways—and it makes you sad to admit it—they’re exactly what you don’t want to be like when you’re older.

5. You long to be in supportive, loving, and monogamous romantic relationships, perhaps to compensate for the stability you lacked growing up.

6. You related to others who had dysfunctional families—people with drug addicts in their families…

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Robert Crumb’s Meatball!

Mars Will Send No More

Zap Comix 0 Robert Crumb -  (2)Legend has it that Robert Crumb’s entire set of finished pages for the first issue of Zap somehow got lost. He created a whole new issue from scratch that became Zap #1. When the lost pages reappeared, they saw publication as Zap #0.

Crumb’s mix of absurdity, psychedelia, and satire produced two of our favorite underground comix classics in this issue. Meatball tells the tale of random Americans being struck by flying meatballs until a meatball sensation sweeps the nation.

City of the Future comically spoofs the pop culture tradition of envisioning what our daily lives will be like in some far-off time. But on second read, one might consider the prescience of these predictions from the vantage point of our modern day video games, sex dolls, recycling centers, twitter feeds, and ‘extreme’ sports.

Collector’s Guide:
From Zap Comix #0; 1967, Apex Oddities.

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Bobby Parker 1937-2013


Bobby ParkerWhen my son was home on holiday this summer, I got him to put down the Fender Jazzmaster I bought him for his birthday a few years ago and listen to a 45 that had, I told him, the greatest guitar sound ever committed to wax: Bobby Parker’s “Watch Your Step”, recorded in 1961 for the V-Tone label and released in the UK three years later on Island’s Sue imprint. It was gratifying to observe his response. Here is the record in question, in all its explosive, spine-tingling glory.

Parker died last week, aged 76, one of the last of his kind. “Watch Your Step” was a key recording of the early ’60s, particularly among young musicians forming beat groups. Like Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning” or Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man”, it taught us the power of the riff and the power of distortion. Lots of people learnt and adapted…

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